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Gridiron Blitz #6 - Avon Back in Title Picture

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When I watched 9B #2 Avon dismantle then 9AA #1 Gregory in week two, 34-14, I felt Avon was a team that was definitely back in the title picture, a year after a rare 6-4 season.

Now three weeks later, Avon is rolling along with a 5-0 record. And, I remained convinced that this team is one of the favorites to play in the 9B championship later this fall at the DakotaDome.

Head Coach Tom Culver, who is 128-30 in 15 years at Avon, has a team that features a physical and athletic line on both sides of the field, along with a talent-laden backfield, led by senior Brandon Kocmich.

In a matchup Friday with 3-time 9-man champion Canistota, the Pirates broke from a tight game in the first half to post an impressive 44-24 win. Avon put up 579 yards rushing, a team rushing total that ranks among the top five all-time. Keying the Pirates' rushing surge was Kocmich, who had 15 carries for 378 yards and six TDs, scoring on runs of 12, 70, 8, 77, 62 and 31 yards.

"Brandon's (Kocmich) performance is the best I've had as a coach," said Tom Culver. "Brandon has size and speed and is one of the best backs I've coached. A lot of the credit for the performance goes to the line (Alex Balvin, Jacob Knodel, Josh Knodel and Jacob Reeves) and his lead blocker Devin Tolsma. They did a great job – dealing with a lot of stunts from Canistota. Devin did a great job sticking his nose in there," he said.

Kocmich, who is receiving looks from area college football programs, now has 1,031 yards (1,943 for his career) on 51 carries with 16 total TDs on the season for the #2 Avon Pirates (5-0).  

Kocmich, who is averaging 201.6 yards per game and has 21 total TDs, ranks among the best backs in school history along with Danny Fathke and Earv Archambeau (4,670 rushing yards, 69 TDs, 2003-08), according to Culver. Kocmich has accumulated 1,281 all-purpose yards at the season's mid-point and his big plays include an 87-yard TD run, 64-yard TD throw,  26-yard TD reception, along with a 64-yard punt return.

As for the team overall, Culver knows the Pirates have work to do. Yet, he sees similarities with the 2002 team that he considers his best. The 2002 squad rolled to a 12-0 record in capturing the 9A title over Gettysburg, 44-32. It was a team that included the likes of Jeff Haenfler, Chris Fathke, Ryan Cihak, Terry and Gregg Voigt among others.

Like in 2002, this Avon team's offensive front dominates. "They were all quick and strong and guys who would stick with it and play physical," Culver said of the 2002 line that included C. Fathke, Jon Berndt, Justin Lucas, G. Voigt and David Retzlaff . "This year's team is doing some of the same things. They are sticking with blocks, picking up stunts, and playing physical. Plus, I am impressed with the play of Devin (Tolsma), who not only does a great job of making tackles on defense but he is tough and really provides toughness and leadership," said Culver.

As this team moves ahead, they have momentum on their side, along with a lot of Pirate pride. Avon teams have been seven title game appearances with four titles – 9A, 2008; 9B, 2005; 9A, 2004; 9A, 2002. Since, the 2004 season, they have won three titles with a pair of runner-up finishes and just one season (2012) when they had over two losses in a season. In that period, they are 89-14, averaging 41.75 points and allowing just 10.94 per game.

In 2013, they have a 210-to-59 point differential over opponents. Culver knows this team, which averages 42.0 points and 372.4 rushing yards per game, has all the pieces. Now, says Coach Culver, it is the matter of getting better and executing game plans. "We have to keep working hard and improving," he said. "We have a long way to go but this group has a pretty solid makeup."

Points Totals Continue at Rapid Pace  

A total of 220 teams have scored 30 points or more through five weeks of prep football action in South Dakota. This past week, there were 47 schools, up from 45 a week ago, with 30 points or more. In 2013, 23 teams have scored over 60 points, including four this past week with Aberdeen Roncalli's 68 points the high  mark in 11-man and Colome's 66 points tops in 9-man. A total of 63 teams have tallied 50 points or more (13 in week 5) while 158 (35 this past week) have scored 40 points or better. The numbers have been "huge" this season but close games are increasingly dotting the landscape. This past week, 14 games went to the wire (eight points or less) with 47 "close" games this season. And, the points are matched with a lot of standout defensive performances. A total of 59 teams have shut out with 10 this past week.

Something I Think I know

I think, I think I know that 11AAA and 11AA, and arguably several other classes, are top heavy, meaning only a handful of teams are sporting winning records.  In fact, there are just six schools in the top two classes (18 schools) with at least a .500 record. Even in Class 11A, just eight of 16 teams have at least a .500 mark. In 11B, 12 of 25 teams have won as many games as they have lost. In South Dakota this year, there are just 19 (six in 11-man, 13 in 9-man) schools remaining with unbeaten records. Of those 19, there is just one team in each of the top three 11-man classes unbeaten, including 11AAA #1 Lincoln (5-0), 11AA #1 Pierre (5-0) and 11A #1 Madison (5-0). In 11B, #1 Aberdeen Roncalli (5-0), along with #2 Winner (4-0) and St. Thomas More (4-0), have unblemished marks to this point. Winner and STM meet this week in Winner, so another unbeaten falls this weekend. In 9AA, #1 Arlington (5-0) along with #2 Garretson (4-0) and unranked Parker (4-0) remain perfect. The 9A class includes unbeaten teams in #1 Howard (4-0), #3 Wolsey-Wessington (4-0), #4 Leola-Frederick (5-0) and unranked New Underwood (4-0). 9B is the only class with all of its ranked teams unbeaten, including #1 Hamlin (5-0), #2 Avon (5-0), #3 Faith (4-0), #4 Wall (5-0) and #5 Dell Rapids St. Mary (4-0) with a sixth-team, Faulkton Area (4-0).

Winner Has Longest Winning Streak Going at 16 Games

With a 14-7 win over #4 Parkston, Winner has extended its winning streak to 16 games, the longest in South Dakota.

Hejna Has Been Electric for Yankton

Yankton senior wide receiver J.J. Hejna has been electric. He has had at least three games of 100 yards receiving (122, 175, 217). For the season, he has 32 receptions for 642 yards and seven TDs.

Quintanilla Eyeing 5K in All-Purpose and 3K in Rushing Yards   
Caden Quintanilla of Sioux Falls Lincoln had 30 carries for 239 yards and two TDs in a win over Brookings, 28-7. Quintanilla, who recorded his 15th career 100-yard plus game, now has 124 carries for 854 yards and 14 TDs this season. The Lincoln senior, who is the top rusher in 11-man ranks, has pushed his career rushing totals to 390 carries for 2,694 yards and 42 TDs.  He also has 501 touches for 4,589 all-purpose yards and 46 total TDs in his career. In prep history, there are just 16 runners in the 11-man ranks to reach 3K in rushing with the last being Nick Mears of Milbank – now at SDSU – in 2011.  

Top Game Rushing Performances

The season has provided spectacular moments. How about the rushing efforts? Tantalizing prep watchers have been Brandon Kocmich, 15-378-6 TDs; Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 31-367-5 TDs; Turner Serr, 26-356-4 TDs; Derek Stukel, Gregory, 13-282-3 TDs; Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 11-272-5 TDs; Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 38-243-2 TDs; Gavin Kolden, Waverly-South Shore, 23-242-3 TDs; Carson Johnson of Wall, 10-241-3 TDs: and Chandlier Sudbeck of Kadoka Area, 23-233-TD, along with others.

Roosevelt's Christion Nears 2,600 Yards Passing; Roncalli's Lundquist Surpasses 2K

Sioux Falls Roosevelt junior QB Taryn Christion continues to be arguably the most talented dual threat in high school football. Already through five games, he has completed 75-of-120 passes for 1,029 yards and 12 TDs along with 70 carries for 503 yards and six TDs in 2013.  He has hit on 174-of-290 passes for 2,595 yards and 23 TDs in his career. His career rushing totals include 273 carries for 1,076 yards and 18 TDs. He has gone over 1K passing for the second straight year. Christion also has had at 500 yards rushing in back-to-back seasons. Another junior QB, Zach Lundquist of 11B #1 Aberdeen Roncalli has moved beyond 2K in passing yards for a career. He has completed 40-of-60 passes for 561 yards and nine TDs this year which increases his career totals to 145 completions on 296 passes for 2,020 yards and 36 TDs.

Colome's Kinzer, Warbirds' Johnson Both Pushing Towards 3,500 in Rushing

Colome Senior QB Terrance Kinzer had 47 yards rushing and three total TDs in a win over Lower Brule and has generated 3,058 yards on 337 carries with 49 rushing TDs in his career. Meanwhile Wolsey-Wessington senior running back Ryne Johnson and Kinzer are part of the 3K rushing club in 9-man football. Johnson has 360 carries for 3,370 yards and 45 TDs as well as 3966, all-purpose yards. To reach the top 10 all-time in rushing yards will require Kinzer and Johnson to reach 4,070 yards. That means Kinzer needs 1,012 yards while Johnson has to garner 700 yards. Johnson is the only player in South Dakota returning after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. Johnson has 14 games career games with 100 yards or more while Kinzer has 12. Kinzer, who has 4,479 all-purpose yards, has 368 career points and needs just 21 points to move into the top 15 all-time in terms of 9-man point production. With 32 points, he will become the 15th player in history to reach the 400 point mark. With 49 career rushing TDs, Kinzer needs 13 more TDs to move into the top 10 all-time.

Howard's Loudenberg Eying 3K While Faulkton Area's Weiseler, Wilmot's Bronson and Deubrook's Hansen Seek 2K Rushing

Luke Loudenberg of Howard has increased his career marks to 321 carries for 2,750 yards and 32 TDs. He has a shot at 3K very soon, possibly as soon as this week. Faulkton Area's Darin Weiseler, who was a 1,000 yard rusher (1,334) a year ago, has increased his career totals to 236 carries for 1,775 yards and 15 TDs. He also has nine career 100-yard rushing games.Chase Bronson of Wilmot has 283 carries for 1,920 career rushing yards with 24 TDs. Bronson, who might reach 2K rushing this week, also has 35 rec., 577 yards and six TDs; 32-of-73 for 508 yards and five TDs passing. Riley Hanson of Deubrook has 90 carries for 971 yards and 14 TDs which pushes his career total to  177 carries for 1,727 yards with 25 TDs. Like Bronson, he has 2K career rushing in sight. In all-purpose yards, Hanson has 4,384 yards, including 1,361 this year.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. SF Lincoln 2. SF Roosevelt 3. Brandon Valley 4. SF O'Gorman 5. Rapid City Central

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. SF Lincoln (5-0), 80, (16) 2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4-1), 64 3. Brandon Valley (4-1), 48 4. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (2-3), 28 5. Sioux Falls Washington (2-3), 10. Also Receiving Votes -- Aberdeen Central (2-3), 5 Rapid City Central (2-3), 5

Trending: SF Lincoln remains the story in 11AAA. The Patriots are 5-0 for the first time since going 8-0 in the 10-1 season of 1972, a span of some 41 years. Here is a look back at some of the teams that opened fast at LHS. The 1972 team, which included the likes of Steve Elliot, Matt Kiger and Randy Beck, suffered just one loss to Sioux City East in week nine. It was also Bob Otto's last season at the helm. They shut out both O'Gorman (14-0) and Washington (12-0). Lincoln has not opened 5-0 in the playoff era (since 1981). They were 2-0 before losing in the Patriots' 2008 championship season (11-2 overall), which include standouts such as Ryan Hander, Derek Carlson, Anthony Muilenburg, Mike Magnuson and Brett Anderson. Lincoln opened 4-0 in both 1969 (finished 9-1) and 1983 (finished 8-2). Lincoln's 1969 squad, which included Mack Butler, Rusty Dowling, Paul Little, John Souba and Jeff Class, had just one loss – a 2-0 setback to Sioux City Heelan in week five - and recorded five shutouts. The 1973 team, which included Vance Butler, Joe Carmody, Ron Harris and Ted Irwin, was 8-2 with Jerry Miller as head coach. They lost to Sioux City Heelan, 34-11, and to Sioux City East, 28-21. From 1972-74, Lincoln won 18 straight games vs. South Dakota opponents.

Notes: Sioux Falls Lincoln, which had a 28-7 win over Brookings, was the unanimous choice for #1 for the third straight week. The Patriots have a 197-to-91 point differential over four opponents. Lincoln, which had 473 yards in total offense, was led by Quintanilla, who had 30 carries for 239 yards and three total TDs.   The Rough Riders, led by Taryn Christion's two TDs passing and two by run, recorded a 42-13 win over Aberdeen Central. While head coach Chad Garrow will tell you that his young Lynx team has a long way to go, Brandon Valley is hot with four wins in a row, including a 56-14 rout of Sioux Falls Washington. QB Jake Comeaux hit on 19-of-29 passes for 187 yards and 4 TDs to lead #3 BV past SF Washington, 56-14. The victory was BV's second in six games with the Warriors and a little revenge for the 35-20 title game loss last fall.  Lynx senior WR AJ Garrow had eight receptions and now has 126 in his career (sixth all-time). Despite a 22-14 loss to Yankton, SF O'Gorman had 58 rushes for 289 yards as they continue to pound the ball. Two weeks ago, they had 61 rushing attempts for 321 yards. On  season, the Knights have 278 carries for 1,443 yards and 15 TDs.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Pierre 2. Watertown 3. Brookings 4. Mitchell  5. Yankton

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll 1. Pierre (5-0), 80, (16) 2. Mitchell (3-1), 58 3. Watertown (2-2), 38, last week #4 4. Brookings (2-3), 33, last week #3 5. Yankton (2-3), 31

Trending: Watertown remains a team to keep an eye on. With a win over Harrisburg, the Arrows moved to 2-2 with losses only to 11AAA Lincoln and 11AA Pierre. The Arrows feature the outstanding running back Shay Bratland, who now has 2,314 career all-purpose yards including 765 in 2013. Bratland has 106 carries for 521 yards rushing and five TDs, which pushes his career total to 259 carries for 1,218 yards and 12 TDs. Watertown also features QB Logan Gabriel, who has completed 38-of-106 passes for 499 yards and three TDs. He has 1,478 yards passing, completing 131-of-314 throws with nine TDs. His main weapon is Jess Poppen, who caught the game-winning TD in the 17-13 win over Harrisburg last Friday. Poppen has 13 catches for 179 yards and two TDs while handling the placekicking duties. He is 2-of-2 on field gials and 9-of-10 on PATs. Senior Trevor Jutting leads the defense with 19 stops and a fumble recovery. This week, they face Yankton in a key ESD battle.

Notes: Pierre remained #1 and unbeaten with a 44-12 win over Huron as Alex Gray had four TDs passes to Austin Christopherson. Pierre, which was the unanimous choice for the fourth straight week in the KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll, received a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD from Ethan Case. It is the second time this season that the Govs have had a player bring back a kickoff for a TD (Austin Christopherson, 96 yards, vs. Mitchell). The Governors 5-0 start is one of the best in school history. Mitchell remained in the #2 spot in an open week. While Brookings lost to fall to 2-3, they held SF Lincoln to its lowest offensive total of the season (28 points). The Bobcats have been hit hard by injuries but continue to play tough, physical football and with Dayton Bender has some explosive offensive abilities. As the season progresses, they will continue to improve. Yankton defeated SF O'Gorman for the first time since the 2000 season and increased its support in the recent poll. Yankton QB Brady Hale was 16-of-31 for 199 yards, including a TD strike to the state's leading receiver JJ Hejna (32-642-7 TDs). 


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Madison 2. West Central 3. Dell Rapids 4. Tea Area 5. Hot Springs

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. Madison (5-0), 80 (16), #2 last week 2. West Central (3-1), 62, #1 last week 3. Dell Rapids (3-1), 50 4. Tea Area (3-1), 32  5. Hot Springs (3-1), 16

Trending: In this class, Madison at 5-0 is the story of the season. The Bulldogs are a clear #1 after recording wins against three-time defending 11A champion Dell Rapids (39-12) and the 24-21 verdict over West Central at home last weekend. In a win over previously #1 West Central, Madison ended a 10-game losing streak to the Trojans that dated to a 22-16 win in 2003. Madison opened up a 24-7 lead before the Trojans made a late charge that fell short. Senior southpaw QB Jacob Giles completed 11-of-23 for 294 yards and three TDs, two to Preston Nordling, who had six catches for 165 yards. Rush Milne had 102 yards rushing. It is impressive that Madison knocked off a pair of teams with championship tradition. Combined, West Central and Dell Rapids have won 15 11A titles while the Bulldogs hope that 2013 is their dream season. In 2013 Madison has operated a balanced approach under the direction of Max Hodgen, generating 372.6 yards in total offense per game. They have 963 passing yards and 903 on the ground. Milne leads the rushing attack with 84 carries for 562 yards and 11 TDs. Giles has completed 52-of-91 for 955 yards and seven TDs. Preston Nordling has been a dangerous player for the Bulldogs with 794 all-purpose yards and seven total TDs. He has caught 20 passes for 492 yards and four TDs while scoring on a 60-yard interception return and took a pair of punt returns (10-228-2 TDs) to the house. #2 West Central, who had held the #1 spot since the preseason poll, host another tough foe in 11B #4 Canton with Dell Rapids coming to town in two weeks. #3 Dell Rapids won for the third straight time after a 12-7 win over Dakota Valley as Riley Schmidt scored on a 60-yard TD reception on the first offensive play of the second half.  For the second straight week, Tea Area recorded a 41-0 win as the Titans held Sisseton scoreless as Gunnar Ensz had nine carries for 152 yards and TD runs of 36, 23, and 30 yards. Ensz now has nine TDs over the past two games. #5 Hot Springs, which received 206 yards and two TDs from Jake Oberpriller (576 yards on the season), won for the third straight time, 40-0 over Pine Ridge.  


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Aberdeen Roncalli 2. Winner 3. St. Thomas More 4. Canton 5. Parkston

KSFY-KWSN SD Broadcasters Poll – 1. Aberdeen Roncalli (5-0), 78 (14) 2. Winner (4-0), 64 (1) 3. St. Thomas More (4-0), 50 (1) 4. Canton (3-1), 23, #5 last week 5. Parkston (4-1), 22, #4 last week. Also Receiving Votes – Redfield-Doland (4-1), 2, Wagner (3-1), 1

Trending: #2 Winner edged past previously #4 Parkston, 14-7, to extend their winning streak to 16 games, longest in South Dakota. The Warriors, which host #3 St. Thomas More on Friday, are a run-based team but used a 73-yard pass from Nathan Galbraith to Sam Naasz to gain an early lead over Parkston. Later, Trace Meyer, who had 21 carries for 121 yards had a 15-yard TD run to build a 14-0 lead on the road against a tough Parkston team. Sam Naasz added nine carries for 49 yards while Galbraith was 2-of-7 for 104 yards passing.

Notes: Aberdeen Roncalli, which held the top spot in 11B for the fifth straight week, rolled to a 68-0 win and now own a 191-to-34 point differential through five games. The Cavaliers have two shutouts this season and a state-best 48 since the 2004 season. Head Coach Terry Dosch is pleased with the top-ranked Cavaliers so far this season. "I'm not sure we have had any big surprises on the team but we have a couple young guys like Austin Maag & Landon Hoellein that have stepped up pretty well on D," said Dosch. "Dalton Cox, Lucas Lorenz & Zach Lundquist are solid players.  Dalton is a tough physical kid who plays hard and can & does just about everything.  Lucas is just kind of rounding back into shape after some early season injury issues left over from baseball this summer.  Lundquist is a very good quarterback & even though we do not through the ball a ton, is very effective.  He reads well and gets the ball where it needs to be - I'm sure if we threw 20 some times a game his numbers would be crazy," he said. Due to the scheduling provided by the SDHSAA, Roncalli faced an overmatched Tiospa Zina squad in a game that basically ended early in the first quarter. Roncalli likely set a state record by scoring 62 points in the first quarter and winning 68-0. The starters were gone midway through the first quarter. With Newt Johnson back in the lineup and rumbling for 165 yards and a pair of TDs, St. Thomas More rolled to a 27-0 win over 11AA Douglas. STM, which has a 143-to-28 point differential, will try and end a five-game losing streak to #2 Winner, dating to a 28-8 win over the Warriors in 2007. Canton, which faces 11A #2 West Central on the road this week, moved up another spot in the poll with an impressive 38-0 win over Tri-Valley, the 11B runner-up a year ago. Canton QB Cody Majeres had 115 yards rushing and three TDs while Gabe Dolen had 112. After a loss to Winner, Parkston dropped to #5 in the rankings. Also receiving support was Redfield-Doland, which won a fourth straight game (48-16 over Chamberlain), in which they have outscored opponents, 144-to-69. Wagner defeated Beresford, 20-6, as David Kocer had 126 yards rushing and a TD.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Arlington 2. Gregory 3. Garretson 4. Deubrook 5. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1. Arlington (5-0), 79 (15) 2. Garretson (4-0), 63 (1) 3. Gregory (4-1), 45 4. Deubrook (4-1), 34 5. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4-1), 19

Trending: Garretson moved to 4-0 with a 42-20 victory over previously unbeaten Alcester-Hudson. For the Blue Dragons, which received a first-place vote in this week's poll, the move to 9AA from 11B a year ago has been a success. In the win over a hot Alcester-Hudson squad, QB Jesse Brockhouse had 21 carries for 130 yards and Austin Matthiesen added 17 carries for 183 yards and three TDs as the Blue Dragons totaled 391 rushing yards. Garretson appears to be one of the contenders for all the marbles in 9AA.  

Notes: Arlington, which held onto the #1 spot for the third straight week, overcame a double digit deficit against Elkton-Lake Benton to prevail, 36-28. Elkton-Lake Benton led the game 28-12 before Arlington rallied in a game that was completed on Saturday due to lightning. Arlington has a 221-to-86 scoring edge over opponents. Gregory continued to win with a 30-12 win over South Central as Derek Stukel had a career night. He had 13 carries for 282 yards and two TDs. Riley Hanson, who now has 971 rushing yards this season, scored three TDs to lead Deubrook past Castlewood, 36-12, in a game called after three quarters due to lightning. Defending champ Deubrook won for a fourth straight time when they have held a 196-to-64 scoring margin. Overall, they have a point differential of 216-to-98. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan moved to 4-1 as Wade Miller had 19 carries for 195 yards and three TDs (4, 11, 80) in a 28-0 win over Hanson. BEE recorded its second straight shutout. 


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Howard 2. Leola-Frederick 3. Wolsey-Wessington 4. Colome 5. Potter County

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1. Howard (4-0), 80 (16) 2. Colome (3-1), 52, #3 last week3. Wolsey-Wessington (4-0), 37 4. Leola-Frederick (5-0), 36, #5 last week 5. Potter County (4-1), 25.5, UR last week Also Receiving Votes – Herreid/Selby (3-1), 9.5, #2 last week

Notes: For the third straight week, Howard was ranked #1 and received unanimous support for the top spot. The Tigers rolled to a 44-8 win over Menno-Marion as Luke Loudenberg (91-877-14 TDs, 219.25 avg. per game) had 21 carries for 232 yards and three total TDs, one of which was a 61-yard punt return. He has punt returns for scores in back-to-back games. Howard owns a 195-to-61 point differential through four wins. Colome, which set a 9-man record for points in a quarter (54), has won three straight games and moved up a spot. In their win over Lower Brule (66-13), the Cowboys had four interception returns for TDs, setting a state record. The players who had returns included Reed Harter, 18 yards; Terrance Kinzer, 27 yards; Chase Hrabenek, 15 yards; and Will Cahoy, 38 yards. Wolsey-Wessington, which defeated Sunshine Bible Academy, 45-6, remained #3, barely over Leola-Frederick, which gained support after defeating Britton-Hecla, 43-6. Wolsey-Wessington, which has a 190-to-38 point differential, was led by Ryne Johnson with 172 yards rushing and three TDs (57-830-12 TDs, 207.5 yards per game). Leola-Frederick had 134 yards and a TD from Logan Weisser as they rolled to a win. The Titans have 202 carries for 1,192 yards and 18 TDs on the ground in 2013, averaging 5.9 yards per carry through five wins this season. Potter County, which was ranked earlier, made its way back into the poll after an impressive 15-12 road win over Herreid-Selby, which had been #1 earlier this year. In a very tough class, the loss to Potter County caused Herreid-Selby to fall out of the top five. Keying the Battlers in the win over Herreid-Selby was Chayce Hall, who had 13 carries for 86 yards while completing 6-of-13 passes for 55 yards and a TD pass. As a team Potter County had 29 carries for 132 yard and Herreid-Selby, 211 yards on 48 carries. Cooper Schaefbauer had 73 yards rushing and a long punt return. Mitch Hinckley and Ryan Sundberg each had 15 tackles to pace Potter County in the win.


Blitz Power Poll – 1. Hamlin 2. Avon 3. Wall 4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 5. Faith

KSFY-KWSN Broadcaster's Poll – 1. Hamlin (5-0), 77 (13) 2. Avon (5-0), 67 (3) 3. Faith (4-0), 40  4. Wall (5-0), 33 5. Dell Rapids St. Mary (4-0), 21 Also Receiving Votes – Faulkton Area (4-0), 2

Trending: Faulkton Area stayed unbeaten with a 50-8 win over Northwestern as they continued to receive support in the rankings. The Trojans received an 86-yard kickoff return for a TD from Eric Thomas and rolled up 322 yards rushing in their latest win. The Trojans, which own a 152-to-61 point differential, have already scored over 50 points twice. Faulkton Area, which hosts 9A #4 Leola Frederick (5-0) on Friday, is led by running back Darin Weiseler (70-435-6 TDs). Also for the Trojans, Kurt Beidler has completed 29-of-59 passes for 417 yards and five TDs. Wide receiver Corey Baloun has nine catches for 140 yards and three TDs while garnering 367 all-purpose yards. Another key player is Riley Potter, who has 21 carries for 124 yards and three TDs, nine receptions for 156 yards and 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Carson Ortmeier has 35 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble for a defense has recorded 11 sacks and forced 15 turnovers – eight interceptions.

Notes: 9B is the only class in the South Dakota prep ranks with all five of its ranked teams unbeaten (six overall), led by #1 Hamlin. The Chargers held a firm hold on the #1 spot for the fourth straight week, after a 51-12 win over Wilmot. Hamlin has built a 233-to-18 point edge on a strong rushing offense (250 yards per game) and a stout defense. The Chargers, which has three shutouts, also have recorded 21 sacks, including six by Alex Holzwarth, and 15 turnovers, including 11 interceptions. #3 Faith, which has a 149-to-40 scoring differential, remained unbeaten with a 49-6 verdict of Rapid City Christian. #4 Wall opened up a 35-0 first quarter lead and cruised past Edgemont, 56-6. Dell Rapids St. Mary, led by Josh Brown's 98 yards rushing and four total TDs, defeated Colman-Egan, 60-6. At 4-0, the Cardinals face a big test this west at 9AA #4 Deubrook. Also of note, Chandlier Sudbeck of 3-1 Kadoka Area had 32 carries for 233 yards and a TD in a 34-18 win over Philip. He has 776 yards on the season.

Prep Stat Roll    

11-man rushing

Caden Quintanilla, SF Lincoln, 124-854-14 TDs

Landon Rolhfs, Redfield-Doland, 97-607-8 TDs

Blake Stone, Rapid City Central, 108-600-7 TDs

Jake Oberpriller, Hot Springs, 73-576-4 TDs

Rush Milne, Madison, 84-562-11 TDs

Jake Baloun, Redfield-Doland, 58-512-4 TDs

Shay Bratland, Watertown, 106-521-5 TDs

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 70-503-4 TDs

Matt White, SF O'Gorman, 98-517-4 TDs

David Kocer, Wagner, 77-481-2 TDs

Trace Meyer, Winner, 57-452-5 TDs

Luke Reiter, SF Washington, 74-445-5 TDs

Luke Fritsch, SF O'Gorman, 66-410-5 TDs

Dalton Cox, Aberdeen Roncalli, 52-397-6 TDs

Gunnar Ensz, Tea Area, 31-388-9 TDs

Newt Johnson, St. Thomas More, 45-379-5 TDs

Brett Nichols, Dell Rapids, 33-364-5 TDs

Dereck DeVries, Lennox, 69-364-4 TDs

Gabe Dolen, Canton, 56-363-4 TDs

Brayden Hilton, Aberdeen Roncalli, 38-356-3 TDs

Kenneth Myers, Custer, 77-417-6 TDs

Cam Holmes, Brandon Valley, 66-342-3 TDs

Alex Gray, Pierre, 55-337-6 TDs

Nick Buchmann, Tri-Valley, 68-329-2 TDs

Miles Semmler, Parkston, 46-319-7 TDs

Jace Jerome, Pierre, 63-312-2 TDs

Austin Borah, Mobridge-Pollock, 37-303-2 TDs

Blake Perryman, Dakota Valley, 68-301-5 TDs

Austin Van Asselt, Tri-Valley, 73-288-3 TDs

Cooper Hansen, Tea Area, 21-285-3 TDs

Cody Bussell, West Central, 41-284-4 TDs

Jared Hueser, Elk Point-Jefferson, 99-269-TD

Sam Naasz, Winner, 34-261-4 TDs

Cody Miller, West Central, 37-261-2 TDs

Riley Schmidt, Dell Rapids, 43-254-TD

Mitch Johnson, Mitchell, 66-250-4 TDs

Cody Majeres, Canton, 49-244-5 TDs

Tanner Broughton, Canton, 34-243-5 TDs

Wes Dvorak, Parkston, 29-241-4 TDs

Chris Kropeunske, Beresford, 51-235-2 TDs

Dakota Bodden, Bon Homme, 52-230-2 TDs

Mason Keller, Mobridge-Pollock, 40-216-4 TDs

Regan Bye, Vermillion, 59-210-TD

Cole Tirrell, West Central, 25-201-7 TDs

Derek Eldeen, Tri-Valley, 43-196-TD

Mitch Heisinger, Parkston, 50-195-TD

Jake Ablett, Canton, 32-191-TD

Caleb Skinner, St. Thomas More, 28-191-5 TDs

Tyler Madsen, Vermillion, 49-189-TD

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 47-177-0 TDs

Mason Hemmer, Madison, 34-168-2 TDs

Cody Nielsen, Dell Rapids, 32-167-2 TDs

Jared Harkless, Hot Springs, 18-161-TD

Kyle Kniffen, Canton, 19-157-2 TDs

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 29-155-TD

Ethan Case, Pierre, 18-153-TD

John Oldenkamp, Lennox, 31-152-4 TDs

Jaden Holzer, SF O'Gorman, 29-144-2 TDs

Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 30-141-3 TDs

Tanner Weaver, Sturgis Brown, 77-138-5 TDs

Lukas Forsling, Elk Point-Jefferson, 26-137-0 TDs

Brady Reiff, Parkston, 24-132-TD

Trevor McCabe, Dakota Valley, 24-130, TD

Justin Harkless, Hot Springs, 29-129-TD

Chase Kortan, Bon Homme, 32-129-2 TDs

Levi Davis, Yankton, 45-129-2 TDs

Ben Briggs, SF O'Gorman, 20-128-2 TD

Justin Hanake, Beresford, 20-127-2 TDs

Isaac Faldmo, Dakota Valley, 31-125-2 TDs

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 40-122- 2 TDs

Jacob Lackas, Lennox, 6-120-TD

Riley Scherr, St. Thomas More, 10-119-3 TDs

Brendan Amiotte, St. Thomas More, 10-116-TD

Luke Raabe, SF Washington, 27-114-2 TDs

Stetson Lippert, Sturgis Brown, 49-112-TD

Aiden Hart, SF O'Gorman, 19-110-0 TDs

Lucas Lorenz, Aberdeen Roncalli, 12-110-TD

Brody Frederickson, Madison, 17-104-2 TDs

Nathan Galbraith, Winner, 23-99-2 TDs

Jack Schelhaas, SF Washington, 45-79-0

11-man passing

Taryn Christion, SF Roosevelt, 75-120-1,029-12 TDs 

Jacob Giles, Madison, 52-91-955-7 TDs

Jake Comeaux, Brandon Valley, 81-133-954-13 TDs

Jacob Goehring, Aberdeen Central, 76-139-911-10 TDs

Alex Gray, Pierre, 44-77-892-11 TDs

Mason Strahl, Yankton, 47-87-790-4 TDs

Oliver Doeden, Beresford, 51-87-766-6 TDs

Connor Burchill, SF Lincoln, 48-95-740-8 TDs

Tanner Weaver, Sturgis Brown, 38-106-696-6 TDs

Chase Glazier, Custer, 33-65-657-6 TDs

Zach Lundquist, Aberdeen Roncalli, 40-60-561-10 TDs

Isaac Faldmo, Dakota Valley, 42-89-536-4 TDs

Logan Gabriel, Watertown, 38-106-499-3 TDs

Matthew Eastmo, St. Thomas More, 28-45-493-6 TDs

Brady Hale, Yankton, 35-65-492-6 TDs

Kyle Stover, Redfield-Doland, 20-50-444-6 TDs

Dylan Brunsing, Wagner, 24-58-443-7 TDs

Christian Boecher, Rapid City Central, 37-85-435-6 TDs

Austin Hagen, RC Stevens, 28-56-426-4 TDs  

Taylor Roeman, Tea Area, 25-54-415-3 TDs

Kanin Nelson, Mitchell, 27-59-323-3 TDs

Noah Matson, West Central, 22-32-279-5 TDs

Dakota Bodden, Bon Homme, 21-61-277

Cody Majeres, Canton, 14-28-269-3 TDs

Mason Keller, Mobridge-Pollock, 22-56-269-3 TDs

Jack Schelhaas, SF Washington, 33-75-259-0 TDs

Matt Ouelette, Vermillion, 21-50-255

Donnie Pallatto, RC Central, 15-21-201-2 TDs

Luke Fritsch, SF O'Gorman, 16-38-188-0 TDs

Justin Harkless, Hot Springs, 12-46-184-3 TDs

Zach Scott, Parkston, 14-35-164-o TDs

Cody Reed, Elk Point-Jefferson, 20-52-151

Tyler Leisinger, Lennox, 10-34-111-TD

Tanner Solberg, Dell Rapids, 8-31-117-2 TDs

Clark Haugen, Tri-Valley, 6-30-91

Wes Dvorak, Parkston, 6-13-83-TD

11-man Receiving (min. 5 receptions)

JJ Hejna, Yankton, 32-642-7 TDs

Asher Pikula, RC Central, 25-266-5 TDs

Chase Vinatieri, SF Roosevelt, 25-365-2 TDs

Drew Reinschmidt, Brandon Valley, 23-336-6 TDs

Preston Nordling, Madison, 20-492-4 TDs

Tanner Hennings, SF Roosevelt, 19-338-4 TDs

Austin Meester, Beresford, 19-303-4 TDs

Alex Wilde, Brandon Valley, 17-312-4 TDs

AJ Garrow, Brandon Valley, 16-119-2 TDs

Kody Kracht, Sturgis Brown, 15-358-5 TDs

Clayton Wahlstrom, Custer, 15-194-2 TDs

Austin Christopherson, Pierre Riggs, 14-264-6 TDs

Brody Van Ginkel, Dakota Valley, 14-251-TD

Carter Kasuske, Madison, 14-169-TD

Riley Franzen, Brandon Valley, 14-108-TD

Ethan Case, Pierre Riggs, 13-211-0

Jess Poppen, Watertown, 13-179-2 TDs

Jason Schneider, Sturgis Brown, 13-146-TD

Ephram Albrecht, Redfield-Doland, 12-306-6 TDs

Brad Bogue Beresford, 13-281-2 TDs

Trey Naasz, SF Lincoln, 13-254-TD

Jacob Henderson, St. Thomas More, 12-262-3 TDs

Josh Dotson, RC Central, 12-211-3 TDs

Dylan Barstow, SF Lincoln, 11-136-3 tds

Noah St. Pierre, Wagner, 11-197-4 TDs

Logan Raabe, SF Washington, 11-63

Garrett Pochop, Pierre Riggs, 10-255-3 TDs

Tarin Smallfield, Tea Area, 10-204-2 TDs

Ryan Benson, SF Roosevelt, 10-174-3 TDs

David Mulbah, SF Roosevelt, 9-227-2 TDs

Caleb Rector, SF Lincoln, 9-152-0 TDs

Beau Brown, Mitchell, 9-138-TD

Trevor McCabe, Dakota Valley, 9-84-0 TDs

Logan Neugebauer, Mitchell, 9-71-TD

Joel Thomsen, Custer, 8-221-2 TDs

Ethan James, Vermillion, 8-176-TD

Shay Reinke, Pierre Riggs, 8-169-2 TDs

Jason Hill, Mobridge-Pollock, 8-154

Nate Svendsen, Vermillion, 8-107-0

Mason Hemmer, Madison, 7-158-TD

Shay Bratland, Watertown, 7-119-TD

Eli Ripley, Canton, 7-94-0 TDs

Chase Kortan, Bon Homme, 7-143-2 TDs

Cole Berkley, Hot Springs, 6-119-2 TDs

Cooper Hansen, Tea Area, 6-95-TD

Zac Lupica, SF Washington, 6-69

Brady Reiff, Parkston, 6-55

Ben Johnson, SF O'Gorman, 6-48

Nickel Meyers, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-129-3 TDs

Beau Ireland, Sturgis Brown, 5-126-0 TDs

Riley Scherr, St. Thomas More, 5-90-2 TDs

Ethan Jones, Mitchell, 5-39-TD

Jaden Holzer, SF O'Gorman, 5-51

9-man - Rushing

Brandon Kocmich, Avon, 51-1,031-16 TDs

Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 90-971-14 TDs

Luke Loudenberg, Howard, 91-877-14 TDs

Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 57-830-12 TDs

Chandlier Sudbeck, Kadoka Area, 96-776-9 TDs

Carson Johnston, Wall, 56-756-16 TDs

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 94-748-8 TDs

Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 94-725-13 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 95-749-8 TDs

Turner Serr, South Central, 80-759-9 TDs

Lance Eide, Deuel, 68-659-10 TDs

Josh Brown, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 42-623-13 TDs

Austin Grout, Webster Area, 90-601-9 TDs

Colin Walth, Alcester-Hudson, 48-545-4 TDs

Kurt Braun, Gregory, 76-539-7 TDs

Dusty Quiram, Hamlin, 65-535-12 TDs

Alex Marsh, Ipswich-Edmunds Central, 72-524-5 TDs

Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 38-503-5 TDs

Cote Hinker, Mount Vernon-Plankinton, 58-496-6 TDs

Cole Chaplin, Hitchcock-Tulare, 73-495-9 TDs (three games)

Logan Weisser, Leola-Frederick, 46-495-6 TDs

Matt Johnson, Garretson, 72-490-7 TDs

Garrett McIntosh, Langford Area, 68-477-3 TDs

Jordan Grosdidier, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 68-462-7 TDs

Rustin Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 57-458-3 TDs

Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 56-455-5 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 38-480-2 TDs

Darin Wieseler, Faulkton Area, 70-435-6 TDs

Derek Stukel, Gregory, 46-433-3 TDs

Reece Jensen, Harding County, 38-409-6 TDs

Devin Tolsma, Avon, 40-403-2 TD

Chet Peterson, Menno-Marion, 58-395-5 TDs

Drew Planteen, Langford Area, 79-372-4 TDs

Turner Blasius, Kimball-White Lake, 53-373-4 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 41-356-7 TDs

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 46-353-8 TDs

Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 43-339-7 TDs

Ben Bunkers, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 41-333-5 TDs

Tim Bodden, Scotland, 47-322-2 TDs  

Tyler Wagner, Webster Area, 46-303-3 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 28-282-TD

Erik Barnes, Alcester-Hudson, 56-278-6 TDs

Austin Tilton, Corsica-Stickney, 16-264-3 TDs

Carson Hofer, Canistota, 46-261-5 TDs

Blake Bartscher, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan , 33-252-TD

Andrew King, Arlington, 36-241-6 TDs

Dexter Lick, Tri-State, 49-237-5 TDs

Cade Kjerstad, Wall, 28-235-4 TDs

Alex Heuer, Arlington, 21-226-2 TDs

Dustin Trooien, Deubrook, 38-220-4 TDs

Logan Mudder, Avon, 32-211-4 TDs

Seth Ireland, Scotland, 22-206-2 TDs

Trevor Anderson, Wall, 19-203-2 TDs

Levi Schonebaum, South Central, 30-199-2 TDs

Steve Koch, Harding County, 30-197-2 TDs

Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 38-189-3 TDs

Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 21-177-3 TDs

Dalton Kruse, Deubrook, 19-175-2 TDs

George Lapka, Leola-Frederick, 26-173-2 TDs

Jacob Glazier, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 17-169-TD

Riley Talbot, Kimball-White Lake, 22-146-4 TDs

Tyson Serr, South Central, 23-144-4 TDs

Mads Esbensen, Deubrook, 10-141-TD

Mitchell Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 15-139-TD

Colton Schaefer, Wilmot, 22-136-TD

Hunter Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 15-136-2 TDs

Eric Thomas, Faulkton, 21-132-0 TDs

Chandler Diede, Scotland, 35-126-2 TDs

Riley Potter, Faulkton Area, 21-124-3 TDs

Blake Konstantz, Scotland, 23-121-TD

Jerad Nielsen, Canistota, 16-119-TD

Vladik Johnson, South Central, 8-111-3 TDs

Dylan Riggins, Kadoka Area, 24-109-0 TDs

Christian Schneiders, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 17-72-4 TDs

9-man - Passing

Lane Blasius, Wall, 36-56-732-8 TDs

Andrew King, Arlington, 27-41-675-7 TDs

Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 36-72-628-6 TDs

Bo Fries, Langford Area, 59-92-614-7 TDs

Chase Bronson, Wilmot, 31-71-505-5 TDs

Dustin Northrup, Ipswich-Edmunds Central, 24-73-484-3 TDs

Andrew King, Arlington, 22-32-545-6 TDs (three games)

Lucas Ching, Castlewood, 36-84-538-7 TDs

Dane Campbell, Leola-Frederick, 30-66-492-9 TDs

Dustin Trooien, Deubrook, 25-43-429-7 TDs

Kurt Beidler, Faulkton Area, 29-59-417-5 TDs

Lane Patterson, Kadoka Area, 23-40-417-4 TDs

Chase Bixler, Hitchcock-Tulare, 29-57-406-7 TDs

Cole Paulson, Freeman, 28-63-391-4 TDs

Harvey Mollman, Harding County, 15-of-30-391-4 TDs

Jack Huether, Viborg-Hurley, 24-47-382-3 TDs

Reid Valsvig, Webster Area, 25-58-328-5 TDs

Logan Hammer, Wilmot, 23-47-325-4 TDs

Terrance Kinzer, Colome, 16-27-323-3 TDs

Brody Grantham, Hamlin, 20-29-311-4 TDs

Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 17-27-301-5 TDs

Blake Bartscher, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 24-34-299-TD

Cooper Gates, Deuel, 19-40-291-6 TDs

Zach Sebern, South Central, 19-42-288-2 TDs

Riley Talbott, Kimball/White Lake, 17-48-243-3 TDs

Nick Gortmaker, Menno/Marion, 10-22-222-3 TDs

Dylan Lick, Tri-State, 12-22-133-3 TDs

Wes Heinricy, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 5-9-106-2 TDs

Ben Bunkers, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 6-12-93-0 TDs

Seth Ireland, Scotland, 6-13-77-TD

9-man - Receiving

Trevor Anderson, Wall, 22-507-5 TDs

Jerad Nielsen, Canistota, 18-263-5 TDs

Drew Planteen, Langford Area, 17-352-4 TDs

Derrick Podoll, Leola-Frederick, 14-219-4 TDs

Brennan Schmidt, Freeman, 14-247-3 TDs (three games)

Logan Hammer, Wilmot, 12-283-5 TDs

Lyle LaFramboise, Alcester-Hudson, 12-218-3 TDs

Phil Beck, Ipswich-Edmunds-Central, 11-210-3 TDs

Logan Weisser, Leola-Frederick, 11-188-5 TDs

Trent Hofer, Hitchcock-Tulare, 11-167-0 TDs

Dominic Mertens, Wilmot, 11-112-0 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 10-265-3 TDs

Lance Eide, Deuel, 10-134-3 TDs

Clayton Koch, Harding County, 9-271-4 TDs

Rusten Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 9-157

Riley Potter, Faulkton, 9-156-0

Cole Baloun, Faulkton Area, 9-140-3 TDs

Chandlier Sudbeck, Kadoka Area, 8-208-3 TDs

Dylan Kludt, Viborg-Hurley, 8-129-2 TDs

Logan Emmons, Kadoka Area, 8-117-0 TDs

Luke Weber, Arlington, 7-206-3 TDs (3 games)

Dylan Lehr, Menno-Marion, 7-193-3 TDs

Zach Punt, Langford Area, 7-153-2 TDs

Rusten Anderson, Viborg-Hurley, 7-126-2 TDs

Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 7-230-2 TD

Turner Serr, South Central, 7-106

JD Shape, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 7-63

Landon Gatzke, Hitchcock-Tulare, 7-60-2 TDs

Tanner Lemme, Arlington, 6-216-TD

Lane Peterson, Ipswich-Edmunds-Central, 6-100

Trent Johnson, Deubrook, 5-126-TD

Chandler Holland, Webster Area, 6-99-3 TDs

Jacob Berndt, Deubrook, 6-98-2 TDs

Taylor Campbell, Tri-State, 6-73-TD

Tristen Leiseth, Hamlin, 5-116-TD

Quinn Petersen, Deubrook, 5-82-2 TDs

Nick Hofer, Canistota, 5-175-3 TDs

Nick Vostad, Deubrook, 5-56-0 TDs

Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 4-82-TD


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